Burris still hasn't dotted all the "I"'s and crossed all the "T"'s in order to get seated

Rick Moran
Roland Burris still doesn't fulfill the paperwork requirements that the senate needs in order to seat him:

Burris has his appointment papers by Blagojevich and a statement that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has signed that authenticates the appointment. He does not have both signatures of Blagojevich and White on the certification document, however, and Senate leaders have been using that as a means to bar him being sworn in.

"Mr. Burris's lawyers are going to meet with the Senate legal team that is examining the new documents," the senior aide said. "If the attorneys determine that Senate rules are satisfied, then we will discuss next steps, but we need to get through (Monday) first."

Sources close to Burris say they hope the 71-year-old former Illinois attorney general will be sworn in by mid-week.

Burris sure isn't making it easy on Reid. But I'm sure that given how much Reid has already backtracked on the appointment that these final tiny steps will be a breeze.

The only one who could stop this appointment now is the leader of the Democratic party. And he's too busy picking out what kind of dog he will be kicking around the in the White House to worry about a crooked governor trying to sell a senate seat and then appointing someone anyway.

It will probably be Thursday before Burris is sworn in.


Roland Burris still doesn't fulfill the paperwork requirements that the senate needs in order to seat him:

Burris has his appointment papers by Blagojevich and a statement that Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has signed that authenticates the appointment. He does not have both signatures of Blagojevich and White on the certification document, however, and Senate leaders have been using that as a means to bar him being sworn in.

"Mr. Burris's lawyers are going to meet with the Senate legal team that is examining the new documents," the senior aide said. "If the attorneys determine that Senate rules are satisfied, then we will discuss next steps, but we need to get through (Monday) first."

Sources close to Burris say they hope the 71-year-old former Illinois attorney general will be sworn in by mid-week.

Burris sure isn't making it easy on Reid. But I'm sure that given how much Reid has already backtracked on the appointment that these final tiny steps will be a breeze.

The only one who could stop this appointment now is the leader of the Democratic party. And he's too busy picking out what kind of dog he will be kicking around the in the White House to worry about a crooked governor trying to sell a senate seat and then appointing someone anyway.

It will probably be Thursday before Burris is sworn in.